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From the Top at Carnegie Hall; Music is Where the Heart Is


From the Top At Carnegie Hall Music is Where the Heart Is

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From the Top at Carnegie Hall
Music is Where the Heart Is
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Broadcast in 2007

WGBH, From the Top, and Don Mischer Productions Team Up to Make Young Talent Seen as Well as Heard in From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall. WGBH Boston in collaboration with National Public Radio’s From the Top and Carnegie Hall brings the popular music variety program to PBS member stations. Like the radio series, the television series will showcase the top-notch musicianship, offbeat humor, and original insights of America’s best young classical musicians.

This engaging series of 13 half-hour programs celebrates young classical musicians whose passion and talent for music is exceptional. A co-production of WGBH and From the Top, the series’ mission is to encourage, support and celebrate the commitment of young people to music and the arts. The series is filmed at Carnegie Hall, where the young musicians and guest artists will perform together before a live audience and television cameras.

Just like on radio, the television show will be hosted by Christopher O’Riley and feature outstanding musical performances as well as interviews with talented young musicians, along with games, special guests and more! Series release date: 2007

Program Description

This week on "From the Top at Carnegie Hall", we learn that no matter how far from home we are, we always have a home in the things we love. Seventeen-year-old pianist Ronald Joseph grew up outside New Orleans, but temporarily relocated to New York in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to study at the Juilliard School before returning home to finish his senior year of high school. Ronald performs the second movement "Mardi Gras" from "The Enchanted Garden" by Richard Danielpour. Thirteen-year-old Nikki Yanofsky from Hampstead, Quebec, who tours North America as a jazz singer, used the first paycheck she earned from her singing to establish a cancer foundation. Nikki performs "Old McDonald Had a Farm" accompanied by Geoff Lang on drums, Rob Fahie on bass and John Sadowy on piano. Host Christopher O'Riley then accompanies 17-year-old violinist Allyson Tomsky from Brooklyn, New York, as she performs the first movement Allegro ben ritmato e decisco from Gershwin's Three Preludes to round out the episode.

Featured Music:

Ronald Joseph, Piano Second Movement: Mardi Gras from The Enchanted Garden by Richard Danielpour

Nikki Yanofsky, Vocals, Geoff Lang, Drums, Rob Fahie, Bass, John Sadowy, Piano Old Macdonald Had a Farm

Allyson Tomsky, Violin and Christopher O’Riley, Piano First Movement: Allegro ben ritmato e decisco and Second Movement: Andante con moto e poco rubato from Three Preludes for Piano by George Gershwin, arranged by Jascha Heifetz



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